Popular Culture

Albert Goldbarth, Author
Albert Goldbarth, Author Ohio State University Press $35 (95p) ISBN 978-0-8142-0498-6
Reviewed on: 11/28/1989
Release date: 12/01/1989
Goldbarth ( Jan. 31 ) here infuses the gewgaws of pop culture--from science fiction to rock 'n' roll--with fresh energy and wit. Writing from the point of view of a boy-man narrator whose father's death has prompted him to relive special moments of childhood, the poet tackles difficult issues, juxtaposing biography and culture by often circuitous routes. In ``Again,'' Goldbarth weaves back and forth between images of his father's death, the break-up of both his marriage and that of a friend, a nurse's longing for her estranged husband, the meaning of pain, and war-torn Japan. Trenchant observations abound in these long serial poems, though Goldbarth's run-on sentences and nonchronological time schemes can appear convoluted, and some poems may stymie the reader with madcap philosophizing. (Nov.)
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